I had the pleasure of checking out the newest dining option to Lincoln Square called Knife. It is the sibling of the well-known Fork restaurant, which is also located in Lincoln Square. The restaurant, which is at 4343 N. Lincoln Ave., will debut to the general public on Oct. 18, according to-owner David Byers, who also runs nearby Fork with his mother Paula. Knife will be a modern version of the old-school steakhouse that upon entering was a breath of fresh air. It is a small, yet cozy and swanky spot. I loved the light fixtures and art work which were a perfect accessory to the amazing wall tile that you cannot help but notice upon entering. Lastly, the huge red booths for seating were comfortable, and also an added another layer of sophistication to the spot.
Okay now that I have brought you into the restaurant, on to the food and cocktails!
Ahi Tuna avocado, fresno chili, served with endive instead of the normal tortilla chips or crisps was a refreshing change. With this dish, a light yet full of flavor champagne cocktail was served it is called Ellipism was served. It includes Remy Martin VSOP spheres, house made orange liqueur, bubbles, lemon, and angostura bitters.
For the bread service, Focaccia was served with a yummy olive tapenade. Chef Cottini came out immediately following, and served up a Table side Caesar with anchovies, focaccia croutons parmesan & pecorino. The presentation alone is a plus to an evening out with friends. Next up! Heirloom Tomato and Burrata salad with basil pesto, marinated red onions and basil, a perfect addition to the meal, both flavorful and buttery. We were also given the opportunity to try other crafted cocktails created by Mixologist and Bar Manager Anthony Munger. One of my favorites was Exulansis which has Snap-pea infused St. George Botanivore gin, chamomile syrup, aloe, lemon juice. We also tried the Shrimp De Jonghe which just thinking back to it the phrase “like butter baby” the puffed pastry melted in your mouth!
Then there was the Pork Chop which was served with candied sweet potatoes, butter bourbon gastrique. It reminded me of Thanksgiving at mom’s – – only better! Shhhhh don’t tell my mom! We were treated to a creative display where one of my personal fav’s COTTON CANDY was used to create the cocktail called Sidereal which has Pea flower-infused Sauza Tequila, Luxardo maraschino, creme de violette “cloud,” citrus. A must try!
Last, but certainly not least on the savory bites was a 28-day dry aged ribeye that was carved tableside served with twice baked potatoes, green beans and au poivre. The steak was seasoned to perfection and the twice baked potato which at first glance wasn’t obvious until Chef Cottini began explaining what it was! When you see the picture, you’ll understand what I mean – it is indeed a bacon lover’s dream!
The Grand Finale was dessert which did not disappoint. It was called the Grand Torino which is Knife’s take on the traditional Baked Alaska. The dessert was set a flame for display and then served to the guests. It was light and the perfect ending to a most amazing meal.
I look forward to checking out Knife again soon. It is all we look for and appreciate in a traditional steak house, but not stuffy, and definitely a family friendly environment.